For over a decade, pollinator health has been of major concern to the agricultural sector, entomologists, and the public. Beekeepers have suffered sometimes devastating losses of colonies, the apicultural industry has been severely disrupted, and there is growing concern about our ability to maintain and increase production of many crops efficiently and economically. In the last couple of years, significant amounts of federal funding have been released to address the complex challenges facing pollinators, and a number of tenure-track positions have been established in academic departments across the nation. The Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section (PI-E) recently announced a new initiative on pollinators. Clearly, there is a long-term commitment to research into this complex of issues, pushed in part by public awareness of potential...

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